Glacial Recession at the Columbia Icefield

Our map updates comprise lots of work out in the field – walking trails with GPS, updating photos, working with Parks Canada and local businesses to ensure accuracy, and fact checking everything from campground facilities to trail elevation gains. For the new...

Showcasing the Waterproof Properties of Gem Trek Maps

Of course, the best way to test the ruggedness of Gem Trek Maps is to use them out in the field, but recently we wanted to find the most effective way to depict their waterproof properties using still photos. It was a matter of trial and error, starting with an indoor...

Press Checking Our New Gem Trek Editions

One of the most-loved features of Gem Trek Maps is that the map set features a distinctive colour scheme that makes readability of the topography a breeze. To ensure similarity between maps and between editions a press check is important, so we always spend a day or...

Gem Trek’s Changing Cartography Styles

The first map published by Gem Trek was Kananaskis Lakes in 1991. It was a manually-drafted 1:50,000-scale topographic map based on topographical information found on National Topographic System (NTS) maps produced by the Canadian Government. These maps, while...

Kananaskis Maps Press Check

We recently did a Kananaskis Maps press check for the Canmore and Kananaskis Village and Kananaskis Lakes maps at the Burke Group for new editions. Burke has been printing most of our waterproof maps for many years, and so it was good to visit with them and see the...